The emotions of war in Romantic Poetry
In Canto III of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Harold, Byron's restless unsociable hero visits the field of Waterloo. In 1815 this was a sight of carnage: over forty thousand were killed in the battle that brought victory for Britain and Europe. This talk will examine Byron's emotional response to this battle. Emotion is complex and ambivalent here: grief is mixed with joy, disappointment with nostalgia. Through a close analysis of the poem's language I will be arguing that Byron's ambivalent reaction to Waterloo is the reason for the oscillation of conflicting forces in the poem.
|Peer Reviewed||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||Csengei, I. The emotions of war in Romantic Poetry|
|Keywords||Literature and Emotions, Tea-Time Talks, War, Romantic Poetry|
English Lecture - the emotions of war in romantic poetry - 25-02-15 Part 2.mp3
English Lecture - the emotions of war in romantic poetry - 25-02-15 Part 1.mp3